I’ve been closely following the demonstrations in Hong Kong. During my travel as International Coordinator for the Women’s Track of the AD2000 Movement, I passed through Hong Kong many times. I met with godly Christian women from the strong Christian community there. During my time as editor of Partners International I was privileged to interview mature Christian leaders, teachers, children’s advocates and others who represented the growing Hong Kong church.
Therefore I haven’t been surprised at the peaceful and orderly way in which the majority of the demonstrators made their demands known. But I was surprised to learn why the Communist government leaders shouldn’t be surprised a this. Read on. . .
“Communist Party leaders know what many of the commentators and so-called experts in the West have long forgotten: That the ideas about justice and freedom that motivate many of the protesters in Hong Kong are rooted in Christianity.
“How can we be sure Communist leaders know this? Because of a 2011 study by the state-run Chinese Academy of Social Sciences. As one Academy member put it, “…we were asked to look into what accounted for the success, in fact, the pre-eminence of the West all over the world.”
“After researchers studied everything from a “historical, political, economic, and cultural perspective,” they “realized that the heart of [the West’s] culture is [its] religion: Christianity . . . The Christian moral foundation of social and cultural life was what made possible the emergence of capitalism and then the successful transition to democratic politics.
“That’s quite a conclusion, to which an official of the Academy added, ‘We don’t have any doubt about this.’”
taken from Breakpoint 9/13/19